Great quote from Mother Teresa on the blog Momentum of Joy. I would say the same about Kindness…
- Mother Teresa’s words of wisdom (republicmainstreet.wordpress.com)
On Sunday we began a new message series, one that a number of area churches are sharing at the same time. A few years ago a group of pastors met with the mayor and asked what they could do to help with some of the recent issues surfacing in the city. The mayor responded that really, the best he could think of was for us to be good neighbors.
Interesting – a city employee who is saying the same as Jesus did – Love your neighbor. And so began the annual multi-congregation series on the Art Of Neighboring. It’s been interesting to watch people take up the challenge of actually getting to know their neighbors, and better yet, develop real relationships. It’s not just about someone “out there” – it’s knowing the person right next door to you.
So how well do you know your neighbors? Take this little poll:
~ I wave as I am pulling into my garage
~ I know their names
~ I know what they do for a living
~ We get together regularly for parties
~ I have neighbors?
Think of how many of your neighbors you know and at what level. If you are checking off either the first answer or the last, maybe it’s time to get to know them. It’s a known crime deterrent, it makes people feel welcome, and it just feels good to know you are known. Try it out this week, this month. I’ll bet you see a difference in your community before too long…
“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.” ~Lady Bird Johnson
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa
This has been a hard one for me the last couple of days. I encountered a situation where I wasn’t sure I could keep my composure, unsure that I could resist lashing out. And then I remembered this quote. “Be kind anyway.” Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that part about it being between me and God. And when I did remember, it was easier to have a kinder response than my original. Did you ever have those types of encounters? How did you fare?